“ The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,Because He has oriented me to preach The Good news to the poor. He has sent me To proclaim release to the captives And recovery of sight to the blindAnd set liberty to those who are oppressed.”
A sower went out to sow and it was in God’s providence that one seed fell on the East Coast of India close to Madras (Chennai) and sprouted near the railway town of Tambaram. Every seed is a promise, so too this one. It was exposed to the rain, wind, sunshine and its promise was realized. It has its hours of trial, of comfort and sorrow. But with faith and fortitude, its possibilities increased and we had our convent and school, all dedicated to Christ King.
It was in 1933, after paying a casual visit as the rising pile of the Christian college, Sister Frances with her two companion sisters were waiting for the train at Tambaram. A railway Official Mr. Joseph approached these sisters and requested them to open a school for the Catholic Children. Their meeting with Mr. Theophilus, a retired Tahsildar and Mr. Mariyadas was the genesis of Christ King Convent and School in Tambaram. In 1935, Superior General Mother M. Annunciata A.C. of loving memory with the permission of the Bishop of Mylapore gave her consent to open Carmel House at Tambaram, in a small home rented from Mr. David. Srs. Thecla, Teresa and Crispen were the pioneers who watered the seed of Christ King School to sprout out well.
Christ King Convent School was started with 37 pupils at Carmel House and the medium was English. The Bishop of Madras encouraged the little foundation – Carmel house by sending a remittance of Rs. 50 per month to cover the house rent and the salary of the Tamil teacher. At the Church land given by the Bishop the present convent and Primary School have been started. At the land allotted by the Collector Mr. Gawne in 1938 Christ King Girls’ hr. Sec. School started functioning. The railway board leased a land in the railway colony and there started Christ King Middle School.
In 1938 the sisters moved from the Carmel house to the present Christ King Convent and School with classes I to V. This Primary school continued as a private school for almost seven decades. In 1939 at Carmel house, an orphanage was opened with 26 children. A new building was built and the Orphanage was named as Christ King Home, later.
In 1940 Christ King Girls’ Hr.Sec.School was recognized by the Government. In 1942 on February 19th, it was shifted to Selaiyur. In 1947 the first batch of students for SSLC exam was sent.
1949-1961: Within 12 years the institution had grown and was complete with convent, School and Orphanage under the maternal care of Mother Josephine. In 1954 – Marian year, A grotto was built in front of the convent. Since 1965 the High School and Elementary School were working as non fee levying schools and the Teachers’ salary were paid by the Government. Sr. Dympna received State award in recognition of her services in the field of education.
In 1970- Centenary year of the Institution- A tailoring centre for the poor women of the locality was begun. In remembrance of the silver jubilee of the convent, a home for the physically and mentally challenged children was opened in Amali Illam. The convent was renewed in 1977 and the boundary wall was reconstructed.
In 1973, Christ King Society was registered in Madras under the Societies Registration Act of 1869. In 1979, a new building for the craft centre was built with the help of Dutch Bishops campaign. In 1985, the old building of Christ King Primary school was reconstructed. Srs. Silvina and Cleta were the recipients of best teacher award from the State Government. In 2005, the Middle school received the Best School award in the State. In 1987, the convent in Nanakudy was opened in memory of the golden jubilee of Christ King Convent and School.
In 2003, Primary school was recognized by the Matriculation board and it was upgraded (VI to VIII) during the tenure of Sr. Annie David and a new building was built up for this purpose. In 2004 when Sr Sujaya was the Headmistress, the school was upgraded in to a high school. In 2007, the first batch of SSLC students passed out with excellent results. A new block was built for the high school classes with spacious laboratories in 2011. In 2016,during the tenure of Sr. Christy Maria the school was upgraded in to a Higher Secondary school with four streams of higher secondary courses. New class rooms and rest rooms were built for this purpose and the school has been grown in number and excellence. In 2015 , the present convent was renovated during the tenure of Sr. Sujaya , the Superior.
Christ King convent and Schools continue to spread the Good news by their presence and Apostolic works. May Christ the King reign over us.
Christ King Children’s Home –1939
Christ King Convent
Chennai – 600059
Ph: No. 044/22790501